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Office for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Transition is a period of learning, skill building and goal setting experienced by young people as they prepare to move from adolescence into adulthood. A successful transition from pediatric to adult healthcare systems is an essential part of maintaining health for youth with special health care needs.
Youth with special health care needs have, or are at increased risk for, a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by youth generally.
- “The Spina Bifida Experience: Managing Your Own Medical Care” video shares how a young person with a special health care need develops skills needed to manage his health care as an adult
- Transition! What’s Health Got to Do with It? Provides information, practical tips and resources for families and youth
- Arizona Children with Special Health Care Needs Transition Resource [Español] Provides a snapshot of youth transition in Arizona as compared to the rest of the nation
o Please let us know what you think, by taking a brief survey, regarding the Arizona Children with Special Health Care Needs Transition Resource
- National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability provides information on adapted sports, recreation and physical activity for individuals of all abilities; as well as inclusion strategies for professionals.
Arizona Disability Benefits 101 (AzDB101)
AzDB101 provides easy to use interactive tools and information on health coverage, benefits, and employment including:
- How disability benefits work
- How to manage work, school and benefits
- Support for going to work
- How work impacts income, benefits and health insurance
- Medicare and how to choose a plan
Share this great tool with teens or young adults with disabilities, as they plan for transition to adulthood, seniors using Medicare or anyone else who uses disability benefits.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention Education for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
A Supplemental Resource for Facilitators Using the Choosing the Best and Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) Curricula
This Supplemental Resource is intended to support the need for age appropriate and comprehensive pregnancy prevention education that can be used in community-based settings as well as classrooms to encourage healthy interactions for adolescents with intellectual disabilities.
- Preparing for Adulthood
- Job Training, College and Work
- Transition to Adulthood
- Practical Tools and Tips
- Website links for Adolescents and Young Adults [Español]
- Website links for Families and Professionals [Español]
Note: Files are in PDF format unless otherwise stated.